In celebration of the magazine’s 125 year anniversary, Vogue Magazine featured the women of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; the nation’s first African-American sorority. The AKA Sorority was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.
Since it was founded, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has stood for sisterhood, for service, and for community. The women of the “Sweet” Mu Pi chapter of the AKAs at Spelman College are no exception.
In the video above, shot by Mayan Toledano and Asli Baykal, the ladies take Vogue along to experience a little Greek life—AKA style.
On Instagram, Vogue shared the following information about the AKA Sorority.
It’s easy to be distracted by the mythology of sororities—the clandestine initiation ceremonies, the college rivalries—but it’s often deeper than that. Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first sorority for African-American women, was founded back in 1908. The work the AKAs have quietly been doing in their communities for more than a century can’t be ignored, whether it be raising awareness for mental health on campus, building schools in South Africa, or lobbying for civil rights in Congress, as they did as early as 1938. In a time of great political uncertainty, when the nation is more divided than it has ever been, that legacy of unity and commitment to service seems particularly vital. “When I think of how old and rich this sisterhood is, and what American people—black people and women—have been through in that time, it gives me a certain confidence,” says Daeja Langston, who joined the AKAs at Spelman College just under two years ago. “I know that whatever happens next, this too shall pass.” In celebration of Vogue’s 125th birthday we photographed American women, coast to coast. Tap the link in our bio to see the full project. Photographed by @thisismayan. #AmericanWomen #Vogue125
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